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MOVIE REVIEW

‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ is more of a slog

BBC documentarians hit on a smart, engaging idea when they took the filmmaking technology that “Jurassic Park” had made user-friendly and applied it to a nature series, 1999’s “Walking With Dinosaurs.” They subsequently franchised the concept with, among other things, an elaborate touring animatronics show that made some local arena stops. Then came word that we’d be seeing “Walking With Dinosaurs” the 3-D narrative feature — welcome enough news, even if it sounded slightly at odds with that carefully cultivated identity as an educational “Jurassic” alternative.

Then the poop-joke ads began rolling out, with a talking dino informing kids, “I think I just stepped in some ‘fear!’ ” Still, maybe the captivating, majestic elements would be the rule, and the weak, dopey stuff would amount to just a few lines.

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